Three men escaped a house fire on South Liberty Street Thursday morning, but two pets perished.
The first call of fire at 400 South Liberty came in at 9:43 and fire-fighters found flames and heavy smoke when they arrived. Inspector Cecelia Cloos said three stations responded and the cause of the blaze is under investigation. Fire damaged the attic, second floor, ground floor and basement of the home and it could be a complete loss.
Roger Perryman and two other men lived in the house and all three were at home when the fire began. Perryman said he was in the shower and heard a noise that sounded like someone fell.
Once he stepped out of the shower, Perryman said it was clear a fire was spreading quickly.
All three men got out of the home safely, but Perryman said he was unable to save his two dogs.
The men said they were unsure how the the fire started, but believed the noise they heard came from upstairs.
Hopkinsville-Christian County Salvation Army Captain Mark Czanderna showed up at the home to help the men any way he could and Hopkinsville Police assisted the fire department at the scene with traffic control.
After almost two decades of service with the Hopkinsville Fire Department, Freddie Montgomery will likely become the city's next Fire Chief.
Mayor Dan Kemp selected Battalion Chief Montgomery to lead the department after Chief Fagan Pace retires at the end of the month. Montgomery would begin those duties April 1, pending City Council approval.
In a news release, Mayor Kemp says he's confident that under Montgomery's leadership, the professionalism and dedication the fire and ambulance services personnel have become known for will only continue to flourish.
Montgomery is quoted as saying he's humbled by the confidence the Mayor and his administration have shown in him and that he is excited to serve Hopkinsville and the greater Christian County community in this new capacity.
Chief Pace has seen Montgomery grow in his 19 and a half year tenure and says he's confident Montgomery will step into the new role and do a great job.
Battalion chiefs bear a lot of responsibility in the department and Chief Pace says the transition to the top spot should be a smooth one.
Montgomery will be the city's first African-American fire chief and Pace says Montgomery would be a good role model for any young person the community.
Montgomery was assigned to President George W. Bush’s detail during his presidential and vice presidential teams’ visits to Hopkinsville in 2005.
He has been active in the community as a career speaker and mentor at a number of local schools, a two-term board member for the American Red Cross, and alumnus of the Focus 21st Century and Leadership Hopkinsville-Christian County programs.
Kentucky State Police arrested a Madisonville man and his girlfriend following an altercation with law enforcement.
On Wednesday, February 26, 2014, Kentucky State Police received information that 32-year old Joseph B. Larkins, a fugitive with felony warrants, was at the Days Inn in Madisonville.
Upon seeing the troopers, Larkins fled on foot, out a back door of the hotel into a densely wooded area and failed to comply with verbal commands and actively resisted arrest, leading to an altercation with the troopers.
Following the incident, Larkins was apprehended and was transported to Baptist Health Madisonville where he was treated for minor injuries with both troopers also treated for minor injuries sustained in the altercation.
Larkins, was charged with the following offenses: 2 counts of Assault 3rd Degree, Fleeing
and Evading Police 1st Degree, Resisting Arrest and 3 counts of Executing Warrant for Court
20-year old Kristen N. Bartlett, of Madisonville was charged with the following offenses: Hindering Prosecution/Apprehension, Alcohol Intoxication, Resisting Arrest and Disorderly Conduct 2nd Degree
State Police say both individuals were lodged in the Hopkins County Jail.
The Todd County Sheriff's Department is investigating a methamphetamine lab that was found inside a car Wednesday.
Deputy Tracy White was called to investigate a suspicious vehicle that was abandoned in a tobacco barn near Pilot Rock. Inside the green Jeep, Deputy White found a meth lab, chemicals and equipment used to make methamphetamine.
He also found a container of anhydrous ammonia. The ignition to the vehicle was damaged, leading police to believe it was stolen. A check of the computer showed the vehicle to be from Columbus, Ohio.
The Jeep was impounded and an investigation is underway to determine its owner. Kentucky State Police assisted in the investigation.
A pastor of a Logan County church was recently arrested for allegedly exposing himself to a child.
The initial incident happened February 13 at the Burke's Outlet store in Russellville. A mother told police she and her daughter were in the junior's section of the store when a man opened his clothing and exposed himself to the little girl.
Russellville Police posted a still image of the man from surveillance video on its Facebook page, which was shared over 600 times. Police say the suspect, Kevin Lohse, went to investigators last week and admitted it was him in the video and that he had a child with him at the time of the alleged incident.
A warrant was obtained for Lohse and he was arrested and charged with indecent exposure. Russellville Police say Lohse was the acting pastor at Woodlaw Baptist Church in Logan County.